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“… seize every opportunity that’s in front of you and live life to the fullest.  Even with everything I’ve done, there is so much more I wish I’d squeezed in.  Don’t let a single day (well, maybe a single day) be idle.  Have every adventure you can, and explore every street — although treat the one-way streets with caution.  Don’t fritter you life away into television, random browsing, and pointless substance abuse (I have at times been guilty of all of these) — although remember there are valid uses for them, both for growth and entertainment.  Have passion about the future, and in the present.  Especially if you’re young, push your education and your skills to their limits on every level.  Don’t just graduate high school, get a degree, get a doctorate if you can.  I know these things aren’t for everyone, they are for most, and they also open doors to some of the most special adventures.  Even if you can’t afford proper schooling there are many, many ways to learn, free courses to volunteering, and so on.  Value your health, and the health of our planet, and strive beyond its borders.  We have such a glorious future, but never forget that your part in that future could end at any moment, so live a life that you can be proud of.  And of course love and treat each other well.”

~Shannon Larratt, 1973-2013

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